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County recognizes importance of water, service of water professionals

Forsyth County government, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the water community across North America will celebrate Drinking Water Week May 5-11 by recognizing the vital role drinking water plays in daily life. 

“Water is crucial to life, yet it is often something we take for granted,” said Forsyth County Board of Commissioners Chairman Laura Semanson. “During this week we recognize that tap water delivers public health protection, fire protection, as well as support for our economy and the quality of life we enjoy.” 

In addition to recognizing the critical importance of water, citizens are encouraged during this week to focus on ways in which they can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting it at its source. 

“Drinking Water Week is a special opportunity to shine a light on all of the ways we can protect our water source and ensure it is there for future generations,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “When we, as consumers and community stewards, learn about and gain an appreciation for our drinking water sources, it becomes easy to understand the importance of protecting them.”

The Forsyth County Water & Sewer Department, which serves almost 62,000 customers, offers several ways for citizens to conserve water. These include a toilet rebate program for replacing older, inefficient toilets and water saver kits, which are available for purchase from the department for $10 and can be used to help save water, energy and money by reducing flow from showers and faucets, using less water per flush, and detecting toilet tank leaks.  

As part of Drinking Water Week, the Board of Commissioners proclaimed Monday, May 6, 2019 as Water Professionals Day in Forsyth County, and at their May 2 meeting presented a Proclamation to members of the Forsyth County Water & Sewer Department. Forsyth County government’s water professionals – whose roles range from responding to water leaks, operating water facilities, stormwater engineering and providing customer service – work tirelessly to ensure tap water is safe and that water resources are protected and properly managed.

About Drinking Water Week 

For more than 40 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives.



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